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I am looking to get a projector for the basement. I would say 50% gaming, 25% sports, 25% movies. I see a lot of complaints regarding the input lag on the 3000 and the pic quality in fast mode. On the 8350 side I see a lot of concerns surrounding the bulb life. I will be using a 100" screen with a throw distance of 16'. During the day there is a decent amount of light in the basement but at night it will be very dark.
 

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I would go with the 3000. I have it it my living room, with very little light control and its really bright. I watch football and hockey and don't notice much lag at all. It's a really bright projector and you have the added bonus of it being 3D.
 

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How is the brightness does the room need to be pricy black or will it still look good with some lighting
If you are inquiring about the 8345, I am projecting on a 100 inch screen at 15 feet on eco mode in a completely dark room and the brightness is very good. If you were to put the projector on a brighter setting, it would compensate for a little light coming in the room, but your contrast and black levels will suffer somewhat.
 

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If you are inquiring about the 8345, I am projecting on a 100 inch screen at 15 feet on eco mode in a completely dark room and the brightness is very good. If you were to put the projector on a brighter setting, it would compensate for a little light coming in the room, but your contrast and black levels will suffer somewhat.
Thanks what screen are you using?
 

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FYI: If you could move it up a few feet, the Epson HC2000 can be had right now at Amazon for $549 and the lamps only run $99. Unfortunately 16 feet gives me about a 169 inch image on mine. Fast mode does drop the quality.
 

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I had the Epson 8350 for 4 years as my gaming projector/movie/tv setup. It was a great projector with good response time for the heavy amount of online shooter play i did. I had a mostly all dark room setup but occasionally had my curtains open for some air/light. Picture would look a slight bit washed out and so i would jump from Cinema to the Living Room setting to get that extra brightness. Although i did recently upgrade to the Sony 40ES and tried out Batman Arkham Asylum in 3D and it looks amazing. Hell having 3D on a projector is an amazing thing to have, even if you aren't a fan of it, you just might become one. Although the 3500 might be a better option over the 3000 because of the Resolution Upgrade and Fast Mode to reduce your lag by almost half over the 3000 (which lacks those options/update)
 
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